Green Bay Falls to Cleveland State in Horizon League Championship

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Release: April 23, 2011
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The Green Bay men's tennis team finished as the Horizon League runner-up to Cleveland State on Saturday.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - The Green Bay men's tennis team (16-8) fell just short of earning the program's first conference championship on Saturday, as the Phoenix was defeated 4-1 by Cleveland State (16-7) in the Horizon League title match at North Central High School in Indianapolis. It marks the fourth time the Phoenix has finished as the Horizon League's runner-up, while the Vikings picked up their fourth consecutive conference crown.

The day started with Cleveland State earning the doubles point after winning the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches. Green Bay's Fabian Gogolin (Cologne, Germany) and Christoph Hopfe (Castrop-Rauxel, Germany) were defeated 8-3 by Rob Fox and John Haley in the top spot, while Erik Finkenbrink (Duelman, Germany) and Josh Oothoudt (Minot, N.D.) fell 8-2 to Yannick Goossens and Chris Klepatz at No. 2.

The Phoenix rebounded to put together some strong singles performances, but the Vikings prevailed in the end by taking the No. 3, 5 and 6 matches to secure the 4-1 win.

Hopfe, the lone singles winner for the Phoenix, knotted the score at 1-1 by picking up a convincing 6-0, 6-1 win over Klepatz at the No. 4 spot. The contest remained tight as Finkenbrink (No. 1), Cox (No. 2), Gogolin (No. 5) and Henning Jess (Kaltenkirchen, Germany) (No. 6) each split the first two sets in their respective singles matches, sending all four to third-set tiebreakers.

The Vikings made it 2-1 when Matt Kuelker wrapped up a 6-3, 6-3 win over Green Bay's Paul Swanson (Coon Rapids, Minn.) at the No. 3 spot. Haley moved it to 3-1 by finishing off Gogolin 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the No. 5 match and Matt Ford clinched the title by defeating Jess 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 6 spot.

Finkenbrink was locked in a tight contest against Goossens in the No. 1 pairing when the match ended. After falling 6-3 in the opening set, Finkenbrink bounced back with a 7-5 win in the second. The score was knotted at 2-2 in the third-set tiebreaker when the match was called.

Cox was also unable to finish a close battle at the No. 2 spot with Fox. Cox took the first set 6-4, and then fell 7-5 in set number two. Fox held a narrow, 5-4 advantage when time ran out on Green Bay's championship hopes.

Cleveland State 4, Green Bay 1
Singles
No. 1 - Yannick Goossens (CSU) vs. Erik Finkenbrink (GB) 6-3, 5-7, 2-2 DNF
No. 2 - Rob Fox (CSU) vs. Craig Cox (GB) 4-6, 7-5, 5-4 DNF
No. 3 - Matt Kuelker (CSU) def. Paul Swanson (GB) 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 - Christoph Hopfe (GB) def. Chris Klepatz (CSU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 - John Haley (CSU) def. Fabian Gogolin (GB) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
No. 6 - Matt Ford (CSU) def. Henning Jess (GB) 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-1

Doubles
No. 1 - Rob Fox/John Haley (CSU) def. Fabian Gogolin/Christoph Hopfe (GB) 8-3
No. 2 - Yannick Goossens/Chris Klepatz (CSU) def. Erik Finkenbrink/Josh Oothoudt (GB) 8-2
No. 3 - Matt Kuelker/Matt Ford (CSU) vs. Craig Cox/Paul Swanson (GB) 3-6 DNF
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Friday , September 19
Men's Tennis 
at Purdue Invitational
TBA
West Lafayette, Ind.
 
Thursday , September 25
Men's Tennis 
at ITA All-American Championships
TBA
Tulsa, Okla. (Tulsa)
 
Friday , September 26
Men's Tennis 
at Western Michigan Invitational
TBA
Kalamazoo, Mich.
 
Thursday , October 16
Men's Tennis 
at ITA Midwest Regionals
TBA
Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan)
 
Friday , January 23
Men's Tennis 
at Illinois
9:00 AM
Champaign, Ill. (Illinois)
 
Men's Tennis 
at Ball State
3:00 PM
Champaign, Ill. (Illinois)
 
Friday , January 30
Men's Tennis 
at Minnesota
11:00 AM
Minneapolis, Minn.
 
Sunday , February 01
Men's Tennis 
vs. UW-Whitewater
9:00 AM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Men's Tennis 
vs. Cardinal Stritch
12:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Friday , February 06
Men's Tennis 
at Western Michigan
7:00 PM
Kalamazoo, Mich.
 
Saturday , February 07
Men's Tennis 
at IPFW
10:00 AM
Kalamazoo, Mich. (Western Michigan)
 
Sunday , February 08
Men's Tennis 
at Detroit
TBA
Detroit, Mich.
 
Friday , February 13
Men's Tennis 
vs. Toldeo
6:00 PM
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Sunday , February 15
Men's Tennis 
vs. DePaul
TBA
Green Bay, Wis.
 
Sunday , February 22
Men's Tennis 
at Marquette
12:00 PM
Milwaukee, Wis.
 
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